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"It was hard to take when you think about all the work that was done in terms of preparation for both legs. The players' performance level was fantastic. The support was unbelievable. We didn't deserve that and it's a fact."

- Sir Alex Ferguson

08/03/2013 19:23, Report by Adam Marshall
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legs went to water. That cost us. It really did. If it was a justified sending off, in our eyes, it'd have been okay because it was an absolutely brilliant performance tactically. They never made a chance so I think we'd have got through the game."

Much has been made of Sir Alex's team selection but there is no disputing the fact that his tactics were working perfectly - in both legs.

"Our analysis of Real was perfect with exactly all the qualities all the players have. We made sure we were going to be a problem for them.

"Playing Ryan Giggs in off the right-hand side gave the left-back a big problem, whether he should push in or stick and protect the area because Rafael was hunting that space all the time. And Nani's performance in wide left against the boy [Alvaro] Arbeloa was terrific."

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